Archive for the ‘Fun Stuff’ Category

  • The ‘Burbs @ 25

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    I hope you have a plate of crushed brownies, some salt crackers and a can of sardines to celebrate Joe Dante’s wonderfully re-watchable The ‘Burbs turning 25 years old today. All I ask is somebody please give us a BluRay, the fact that one doesn’t exist anywhere, we might have called it in Southeast Asia, ‘Bad Karma.’

    If you look through the Rowthree achives, you’ll find so many references to this movie. It was a great homework assignment on the Cinecast (Where Joe Dante does an intro/bumper for us) as well as this Finite Focus entry and various little easter eggs here and there.

    Below is the director waxing philosophically about the film last year when it had a repertory screening at TIFF Lightbox in Toronto.

  • The End of the Ice Fishing Story

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    If you’ve seen American Hustle, you either love it or hate it or are still scratching your head. No matter you’re feelings on the film, you can’t tell me you didn’t come away a little upset at not hearing the end to Louis CK’s ice fishing story about him and his brother and their angry father.

    Well, wonder no more.

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Season 2)

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    Against better judgement, but totally worth it, I stayed up very late last night after discovering this little gem from Jerry Seinfeld. Am I just late to the party? Is there a reason I’ve not heard of this internet show before? Because it’s pretty damn great. “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” pits Seinfeld and some other famous funny face together to just shoot the bull (most often to hilarious results) while driving to some small cafe or diner for coffee.

    It’s a great concept. Fans of Britain’s “The Trip” may find some similarities here; though this has rotating characters and a much less scripted feel. Season one (I’m almost finished) was a ball. Michael Richards talking about losing to a bum in chess. Ricky Gervais fearing for his life. Alec Baldwin telling Jerry where and why his career is where it’s at. Carl Reiner perpetuating alcoholism. It’s all here and it’s all gold. And it’s all Free!

    comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com

    Each episode is between ten and seventeen minutes so it’s easy to whip through a season in one evening. Which I already did. So that’s why I’m excited about season 2, which starts tomorrow! Looks like it has even bigger names and bigger laughs – watching Chris Rock and Seinfeld getting pulled over should be a treat. The trailer for season 2 is below. Why is no one talking about this?

  • Neat Android Homescreen

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    Probably should be saving this for our weekly “Mondays Suck” post, but what the hay. One of the things I love about using an Android mobile device is the limitless amount of customization. I spend far too many hours changing my screen and designing new looks and removing this and tweaking that. At any rate, I visit a couple of sites at which people share their creations as well and stumbled across this one. I think it’s pretty neat if you’re a theater lover.

  • Redbox March Madness!
    [win free rentals]

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    Super simple: just vote on your favorite movies in “bracket” style and see how your “picks” do. If you complete your “bracket” you get a code for a free rental. The votes are held daily, but you can vote on what you miss if you don’t check it daily.

    You can take care of all these shenanigans over at the Redbox Facebook page. Enjoy your free movie rentals (you should rent The Sessions and tell me how it is)!

  • Mondays Suck Even More Lesser

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    With the Oscars around the corner, Zach Galifianakis presents a very special Oscary edition of his “Between Two Ferns” with guests Jennifer Lawrence, The Impossible Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams. Enjoy.

  • From the Love Bug to Batmobile: Iconic Cars of Film & Television

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    It’s not uncommon for iconic cars in television and movies to turn in more memorable performances than their human co-stars. Secret agents, superheroes and even redneck criminals rely on their classic cars to get the job done. If you’re looking to invest in drive-able movie memorabilia, get it appraised before acquiring an auto insurance quote. From Bond to Marty McFly, these movie and TV men are nothing without their souped-up rides.

    1981 DeLorean DMC-12 – “Back to the Future”

    It’s hard to look at a DeLorean post-1981 without your head succumbing to thoughts of time travel and trails of fire and possibly Christopher Lloyd’s zany white hair. Doc Brown knew traveling through time required some visual panache—what better vehicle than the stainless steel paneled, gull-wing doored DeLorean? “Back to the Future” fans will continue to dream of passing through the space time continuum—they postulate that they only need to acquire a flux capacitor and a Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor to make the DeLorean time machine a reality.

    1977 Lotus Esprit S1 – “The Spy Who Loved Me”

    James Bond may be known for driving his iconic Aston Martins, but even those venerable vehicles didn’t have the luxury of turning into a submarine. How else would Roger Moore’s 007 have escaped steel-toothed Jaws and his henchman and scoped out the villainous Stromberg’s underwater lair? Subtracting the submarine car’s wheel well fins, the actual 1977 Espirit was known for its extremely light weight and amphibious inability.

    1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura – “Ghostbusters”

    The Ectomobile or Ecto-1 was ready to bust some ghosts (or the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man) when the Ghostbusters were who-you-gonna-called into action. The Ecto-1 was a modified Miller-Meteor Futura ambulance that carried ectoplasmic remains on its rooftop proton packs instead of injured persons.

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  • Check Out Awesome G-Rated Artwork from Justin White

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    What if movies and TV shows that are decidedly not G-rated were rethought as cartoons? That’s exactly what this set of illustrations from artist Justin White explores, with some pretty awesome results. The range of films (and a few TV shows) included is staggering – everything from Reservoir Dogs and Drive (technically maybe not quite G-rated) to Psycho and Creature from the Black Lagoon…with time for Troll 2 and The Room along the way. And of course, the art itself is pretty great as well – I especially like the Fleischer-type look he’s given the older films.

    The artwork will be on display starting tonight (November 16th) at Gallery 1988 on Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, and will be available for sale there. After the gallery opening, any unsold pieces will be posted on Gallery 1988′s site for sale. In the meantime, you can check out a few of my favorites after the jump, and a WHOLE LOT more at Justin White G-Rated.

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  • Yet Another Bond Infographic [this one is worth it]

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    The James Bond infographic has gone crazy over the past couple of weeks to coincide with the release of Skyfall. While most of them have been pretty good to great, I think this is the best one I’ve seen so far… at least in terms of creativity and UI with the help of HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.

    It’s a look at all of the Bond cars over the past 50 years. Many of them not the standard Bondmobiles that you might be expecting (the Citroën 2CV ? really?).

    Anyway, click on the link below. It’s a quick look and a pretty neat design.

    BOND CAR INFOGRAPHIC

  • Bond and the Sweet Moneypenny

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    Normally I’m not much into the dollars and cents game when it comes to art (i.e. movies), but in this case we’ve got a pretty wll laid-out infographic that gives us a few interesting details about each actor’s stint as the James Bond character; including cars, women and yes, gross dollars amount. Looks like Daniel Craig will very likely overtake Brosnan as the most lucrative Bond character once Skyfall makes the final rounds.

    But I gotta say, I like Dalton’s Aston Martin V8 over them all.

     

    Dollars and Bonds

    Special thanks to top10bestonline-casinos for their help in creating this infographic.

  • From the Films: A Fictional Future Presidential Cabinet (2012 Edition)

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    Back in December of 2008, I imagined a world in which I had been elected President of the United States. In this scenario, I selected my cabinet members straight out of the film world. Today, I humbly admit my naivety and my lack of ambition, which would ultimately be my downfall were I to pursue the Oval Office. Instead, I’ll lend my power and influence to endorsements. I’ve matured quite a bit over these past four year and have much more realistic views when it comes to politics. Here, now four years older and four year wiser, I not only give my recommendation for President of the United States, but also who he should appoint to his cabinet.

    Read on, dear readers.

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